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New Prime Minister must support the continued success of university sector

​Universities UK is calling on the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to cement the world-leading reputation of our universities and to help them to make an even bigger impact on people's lives through their teaching and research.

Following the announcement of the new Prime Minister, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said:

"Our universities are one of the UK's genuine global success stories - world-renowned and delivering huge positive impact for the UK economy and people.

"We hope that the new Prime Minister will seize two early opportunities to increase universities positive impact.

"He should make good on his promise to support improved post-study work visas, which would help us to remain internationally competitive in attracting the international students who deliver such benefits to the economy, local communities and our enrich our university campuses.

"Domestically, if the Prime Minister is politically tempted to cut tuition fees, he should only do so if he can guarantee the replacement funding to ensure that universities can offer the high quality of education that university students rightly expect and develop the skills the economy needs." 


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  1. Universities UK is the collective voice of 136 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to create the conditions for UK universities to be the best in the world; maximising their positive impact locally, nationally and globally. Universities UK acts on behalf of universities, represented by their heads of institution. Visit: www.universitiesuk.ac.uk       

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